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“A delightful oasis of calm in the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Farnatchi
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis | Qua'at Ben Ahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #29 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“A delightful oasis of calm in the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We were booked here by Butterfield and Robinson as part of our bicycle vacation in Morocco. We stayed in several great places, but Riad Farnatchi was a jewel. James Wix, the owner, and his smiling, helpful staff welcomed us and were always ready with help and advice. The buildings and rooms are newly restored and beautifully done. Our whole group enjoyed the meals here; this was a perfect final accommodation for our trip.

Room Tip: Suite 9 was delightful and overlooked the central court. Don't miss the view over the city from...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Riad Farnatchi. We are all so grateful for your kind words and comments. I will definitely pass on your remarks about the food to the chef who will be delighted. I very much hope that you will come and visit us again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

We needed to destress and this riad was certainly the answer. Service was attentive without being over the top. Location was perfect as long as you don't mind the call of morning prayer. All the staffs and owner James cannot be faulted as they were there when you need them but discreet when you don't. Do try the roast lamb in the restaurant - melts in your mouth!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
What very kind words thank you! I really enjoyed talking to you both and hope very much that we will be able to welcome you back to Riad Farnatchi soon. I am delighted that you were not put off your dinner by me carving for you!

Thank you again for taking the time to write a review of your stay.
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This was our first visit to Marrakech and Riad Farnatchi certainly did not disappoint. It is perfectly located with all the wonders of the medina just on its doorstep but the most exquisite part about Riad Farnatchi is the peacefulness and serenity that it posses given the exotic madness on the other side of the walls.
The service was impeccable and the food was simply excellent, the best lamb we have ever had. We were extremely impressed with the staff who were both friendly and extremely helpful throughout our stay.
All in all Riad Farnatchi was an absolute pleasure to stay at and a truly wonderful experience. Having stayed in good hotels all over the world I can honestly say that Riad Farnatchi is up there with the best. I would highly recommend this Riad, so much so we are already planning our return next year.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
I am so grateful to you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Riad Farantchi. I am also delighted that you enjoyed your time here in Marrakech and that we will be able to welcome you back next year.

I am also delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our food, we prepare everything to order which gives us a chance to really make sure every dish is full of the wonderful flavors of all the local spices.

I very much look forward to welcoming you back to Riad Farnatchi on your next visit to Marrakech.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Wonderful oasis far from the 'Madding Crowd ' literally !! Be prepared to be culture shocked on the outside of the Riad .. inside is a fabulous oasis of calm
My goodness this Riad is fab ... not so much the decor more the service, the suites, the food and the general calming atmosphere
Siad, Karim, Lessen ... the chappie who served breakfast on the very warm terrace ... the ladies who scrubbed me down in the Hamman ... the masseur who pulled my limbs from my sockets and massaged my back like dough ... all amazing and done with the precision and kindness that matches any 5* we have stayed... we will be back thank you so much

Room Tip: Any of the suites just ask for one with a terrace so you can sunbathe and have drinks on your pation
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and very pleased to note that you would like to come and stay again soon. All of our team love to hear the comments that people write about their stay at Riad Farnatchi. I look forward to seeing you again when you return.
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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This was our first time in a Riad and our first time in Marrakech. Having stayed in good hotels all over the world we can honestly say that Riad Farnatchi is up there with the very best. It was a true oasis in the bustling medina and we cannot recommend it highly enough. The relaxed warm welcome, the attention to detail, the beautiful suites, the delicious food and the fact we felt that despite each suite being occupied we were the only ones there. Dine on the rooftop terrace, on your private balcony, in a courtyard lounge, wherever you like. Nothing was too much trouble for the team and it was all carried out with quiet ease. Simply perfect.

Room Tip: The road has nine suites and each is exquisite so let the staff select one for you and you won't...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
We are all so glad that you enjoyed your time at Riad Farnatchi. I was particularly delighted to note that you enjoyed the food during your stay. We have worked hard to develop a menu of all the delicious local dishes as well as our light lunch menu which is increasingly popular. Thank you ever so much for going to the trouble of writing a review.
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Sebastopol, California, United States
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We stayed three nights here and would and had a delightful stay. The room was spacious and elegant and the service was excellent. The staff really went out of their way to make sure we were happy. It is a lovely, lovely little oasis in the middle of it all.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you for writing a review of your stay and highlighting our service, we recently won an award in a user based survey of hotels that go "Above and Beyond". I very much hope that we will be able to look forward to welcoming you back to Marrakech soon.
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Toronto
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

My stay at Riad Farnatchi was a wonderful experience. The Riad is situated in the heart of the old city with easy access to all the sights and sounds and yet itself is a haven of peace and quiet amid it all.

The rooms there were immaculate in their decor and set up. High ceilings, wonderful North African decor, with wonderful fireplaces and balconies/private courtyards. The service was unrivaled, very personable and cheerful staff. The staff were helpful, polite, very accommodating.

Arriving to the Riad would have been challenging to find in the maze of streets but the Riad helpfully provided chauffeured transportation to and from the airport making this step in the visit a breeze.

The complimentary breakfast was tasty, eggs, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee, tea. Eating by the pool or on the rooftop patio provided a peaceful setting.

Overall a 10/10 experience. Highly recommend choosing this as your place to stay while in Marrakech.

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice, we stayed in two of the options and both were opulent and comfortable.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jameswix, Owner at Riad Farnatchi, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us especially as it was your Honeymoon! I know that you had put a lot of effort into planning it all and am delighted that you decided to stay with us. thank you ever so much for going to the trouble of writing a review and for your kind words. I very much hope that you will visit us again soon.
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Address: 2 Derb el Farnatchi, Rue Souk el Fassis | Qua'at Ben Ahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#43 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#49 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Farnatchi 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Farnatchi has been written up as "The City's Most Luxurious Riad" - Food and Travel Magazine 2013, "The Ultimate Hideaway" - Harpers Bazaar January 2012 and "Best Luxury Riad" - Conde Nast Traveller 2011. Riad Farnatchi been created out of five small Riads in the heart of the oldest part of Marrakech, some of our walls go back over 400 years. Riad Farnatchi with just nine suites has the feel of a beautiful, highly individual, private house, but the facilities and service of a world class 5 star "boutique" hotel. ... more   less 
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